Jobs are the lifeblood for national economies and family budgets. The search for economic opportunity often drives people to move around the globe. The most educated and highly skilled workers are in demand, and immigration policies often reflect that priority. Less skilled would-be immigrants, however, are often subject to tighter restrictions – even in nations where native citizens refuse to take on harvesting, construction, cleaning or other difficult tasks. Advanced technology reduces the need for labor; employers also rely on outsourcing, contract workers and the internet for digital work, including tax preparation, X-ray analysis or graphic design. Nations fiercely compete for jobs while multinational corporations reduce labor costs to increase profits.

Limits of Saudi Oil Power

Oil competition, dependence on immigrants, high unemployment put Saudi Arabia at risk
Fahad Nazer
May 30, 2013

The Promise of Africa

Young, vibrant African leadership rises despite many challenges
Ian Shapiro
May 23, 2013

Can Global Supply Chains Be Accountable?

After Dhaka factory collapse, consumers could insist on safe workplaces
Jerry Davis
May 16, 2013

China Targets Greenland for Mining

Countries with mineral wealth can’t expect job bonanza
Will Hickey
April 18, 2013

Experimenting on Good Governance in Latin America

EU Association Agreement aims for trade integration and citizen security in Latin America
Humphrey Hawksley
April 3, 2013

The Choice: More Immigrants or Fewer Citizens?

Nations with declining birthrates could soon be competing for immigrants
Joseph Chamie
March 4, 2013

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Two Faces of Global Trade

Globalization leads to both fierce competition that threatens jobs and innovation that creates them
Nayan Chanda
August 30, 2016

It’s Just a Stealth Reform

Subsidies to encourage labor reforms won’t protect India’s textile industry from onslaught of automation trends
Nayan Chanda
July 25, 2016

Brexit: Boon or Bane

The British decision suggests that nations will struggle to cooperate on pressing global challenges
Nayan Chanda
July 11, 2016

Sweating in the Park or in the Factory: Beyoncé’s New Sports Wear Company and Respect for Human Rights

Celebrities can use clothing lines to combat abusive labor practices
Aleydis Nissen
July 6, 2016

The Rise of Manufacturing Marks the Fall of Globalization

Robotics could usher in an era of efficient regionalization
Rebecca Keller
June 10, 2016

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